In a dominant display at Emirates Stadium, Arsenal extended their lead at the top of the Premier League with a convincing home victory over managerless Crystal Palace. The Gunners secured a 3-1 win, moving eight points clear at the top of the table.
The match saw Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal’s young Brazilian striker, continue his impressive form with a left-footed goal. This marked his sixth goal in six league matches, cementing his status as one of the most exciting prospects in English football.
Bukayo Saka, another talented young player, added to Arsenal’s lead with a well-placed shot past Palace’s 19-year-old goalkeeper, Joe Whitworth. Leandro Trossard provided an assist for Granit Xhaka, who scored Arsenal’s third goal to make it 3-0.
Jeffrey Schlupp managed to score a consolation goal for Palace, ending their goalless run of five games. His close-range strike came off a corner kick, but it was not enough to prevent Arsenal from securing all three points.
The win sees Arsenal move to 69 points after 28 matches, while Manchester City is in second place with 61 points after their FA Cup quarterfinals win over Burnley. Arsenal’s impressive performance will give them confidence as they try to win the Premier League title for the first time since 2003-04.
The match also marked a disappointing end for Patrick Vieira, who was sacked as Palace’s manager on Friday. The team has struggled under his leadership, losing 13 consecutive games across all competitions and now finding themselves only three points above the relegation zone.
Overall, Arsenal’s dominant performance against Crystal Palace demonstrated their quality and potential to be genuine title contenders this season.